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Uber rival Bolt raises €100m to expand product offerings in Europe & Africa

Uber rival Bolt raises €100m to expand product offerings in Europe & Africa

Business, Mobile, Technology
Estonia’s Bolt, one of Uber’s biggest competitors in the European ride-hailing market, has raised €100m (£88m) in funding to prepare for a post-coronavirus world. This sees the total raised by Bolt top €300m, while its valuation has nearly doubled since May 2018, when it was valued at $1bn. The funding round comes at a challenging time for Bolt, with the coronavirus causing a slump in demand for ride-hailing services that is believed to have had a severe impact on its bottom line. However, today’s news suggests that its efforts to diversify are paying off. “Even though the crisis has temporarily changed how we move, the long-term trends that drive on-demand mobility such as declining personal car ownership and the shift towards greener transportation continue to grow,” said chief ex
Gas Refill can now be done using mobile phones

Gas Refill can now be done using mobile phones

Business, Mobile
  Gas refill can now be done with a press a button on your phone. Safari Clean Gas is turning into a ‘Uber’ of gas supply, removing consumers’ hassle in refilling gas cylinders. The firm delivers their products from 8am to 10pm within Nairobi. A report by the Ministry of Energy and the Clean Cooking Association of Kenya says some consumers travel as far as 5km to reach service centres. “Households using LPG must travel nearly twice as far (5.3km) on average than kerosene users (2.9km) even though twice as many households nationwide cook with LPG compared with kerosene,” says the study dated 5 November 2019. Supa Gaz’s filled 6kg gas cylinder retails at Sh 2,200 if purchased from the USSD technology that automatically connects customers to their authorised, verified people.
Uber Nairobi is Now Accepting Cash and Mobile Money Payments

Uber Nairobi is Now Accepting Cash and Mobile Money Payments

Business, Mobile
Uber Nairobi just launched a cash payments experiment, making it the second city in which it is doing this. It is not unlike the experiment they began in Hyderabad, India, in May 2015, reports TechCabal “Uber the innovative smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers, has launched a cash test pilot in Nairobi, Kenya today”, the official release dated the 4th of June (today) stated. All the rider has to do is select the cash payment option when they take a ride, and hand over the money to the driver at the end of the trip. And it’s not just cash payments. Via email correspondence with an Uber representative, TechCabal has learnt that riders in Nairobi will also be able to pay using the mobile money options including M-Pesa and Airtel Money. Why is Uber experiment

American online taxi service Uber sets Sh500 as minimum fare for Nairobi Kenya cab service

Business, Internet, Mobile
In Summary Riders will be required to download the Uber app onto their smartphones or register online to access taxis operated by the San Francisco-based company. Customers will be charged at a base rate of Sh100 plus a charge of Sh4 per minute spent on the ride and an additional Sh60 per kilometre. UberX said it would be using Toyota Corollas, Fielders and equivalent car models for customer rides. American online taxi service firm Uber has set a minimum charge of Sh500 for its upcoming Nairobi operations. This could make some of its shorter rides costlier than those offered by less prominent Kenyan rival MaraMoja. However, their pricing is tied to time spent and distance covered unlike the fixed charges favoured by MaraMoja and traditional cab companies, raisin...

App-based Uber to launch in Nairobi during EatOut Kenya’s Restaurant Week

Broadband, Business, Mobile, social media
Popular App-based transportation network & taxi company headquartered in San Francisco, California, is preparing to launch in Nairobi,  Kenya, CapitalFM  a Kenyan-based news site has reported. The company uses a smartphone application to receive ride requests, and then sends these trip requests to their drivers. The popular ridesharing App is already operational in some African cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Cairo and Lagos and is in over 200 other cities across US, Asia, Australia and Europe. Brazilian start-up Easy Taxi, is already in Nairobi which means Uber is certainly not entering a virgin market. It’s launch in Nairobi is a challenge to similar taxi hailing services such as Rocket Internet’s (AIG) EasyTaxi, Sasa Cabs, MaraMoja Transport among others. The pr